Globalport intends to keep Japeth


JAPETH Aguilar will get maximum salary. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE—Globalport will offer Japeth Aguilar the PBA’s maximum allowable salary for the next three years when he arrives from the United States on Monday.

The PBA’s youngest squad intends to keep Aguilar although it is not closing the door on trading away the 6-foot-9 beanpole for a veteran in the future, according to Globalport board representative Erick Arejola.

“We will keep him. Coach Junel (Baculi) likes him,” Arejola said over dinner at a Marina Bay Sands restaurant here. “Definitely, we will offer him the maximum salary.”

Globalport, which won just one game in its maiden PBA tournament, the Philippine Cup, acquired the rights to Aguilar from Talk ‘N Text by giving away underachieving former UAAP MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini in a deal approved by the league Thursday morning.

“BJ (Manalo, Globalport team manager) already talked to Japeth,” Arejola said. “I will be briefed on their conversation when the (PBA) board returns to Manila. We hope to be able to sign him up once he arrives.”

For months the high-leaping 26-year-old refused to sign an extension with Talk ‘N Text which, according to reports, did not give him enough playing time.

Aguilar, who will be offered a deal worth P420,000 a month in basic salary, will have all the playing time he needs at Globalport, a squad needing an aggressive big man.

The Batang Pier also acquired national pool member Sol Mercado in a separate deal with Meralco, prompting team owner Mikee Romero to declare that, together with Gary David, Mercado and Aguilar will form the core of the squad.

Aguilar was supposed to head straight to Barangay Ginebra under a complicated deal involving multiple players and five teams but the Gin Kings backed out at the last minute.

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    ..gusto ko talaga makita ang laro nya na babad sa game… d tulad sa talk n text lagi ako bitin..
    dito ngayun sa Global Port may right na cguro sya maging halimaw sa PBA… i wanna see him play ala Shaq O Neil

    • Karlo Silverio Sevilla III

      I also want to see more playing time for Japeth, to see what he’s really made of. But if we are to make a parallelism with an NBA big man, at this point of Japeth’s career, he is more like Marcus Camby than Shaq to me. (Which isn’t bad, really.)

  • LucasPacascas

    Good luck na lang sa Global Port. wala sa PBA ang isip ni Aguilar. Gusto niya talaga sa NBA pero hindi siya pwede duon. Mayroon pati siyang attitude problem.


      true. hindi hinihingi ang playing time. pinag hihirapan yan.

  • jayemdee_412

    Aguilar has crossed his bridge. It is only a matter of time if he really is a big man with talent to dominate the PBA playing with Globalport.

  • Remy Bautista

    The PBA’s youngest squad intends to keep Aguilar…

    …although it is not closing the door on trading away the 6-foot-9 beanpole for a veteran in the future, according to Globalport board representative Erick Arejola.

    Hayz… alam na.

  • Catherine

    As what I observed in the PBA, coaches usually develop small men than big men. Big men usually languishing in the bench, while the small men ran the show. That’s why when we played in the Asian level our teams were no match with the giants because we are not developing our big men, given the right exposure in the league. I think Japeth can show his real strength when given the confidence and playing time. 

    • etomacq

      Correct. Coaches here do not allow tall Filipino players to dribble and shoot from the outside, instead they only use them for defense and rebound.

      They should teach tall players how to dribble, cross over, pivot and jump shot.

  • rickysgreyes

    Aguilar seems to have always made the wrong moves since his playing days at Ateneo. He left tutelage under Norman Black in Ateneo. He could have had a stellar college career (and always be revered as a Blue Eagle champion, like Danny Francisco, Alex Araneta, Al Husseini, Chris Tiu, etc.)here instead of an ‘almost there’ career in the U.S. He is doing the same thing in the PBA. Not sure if it’s the influence or bad advice of the Dad and Mom. Transferring due to a ‘lack of playing time’ just doesnt show the right attitude, or perhaps, reflects a character flaw (read: humility) that may be the root of a sub par career.

  • oh_noh

    since you don’t want to “earn” you playing time, your best chance to shine is with global port, i.e. if you really has something.
    prove most people wrong… otherwise, your max contract is a waste and you should not even be in the pba.

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